Kamini – A Cycle of Poems from Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda

Andrew Schelling translates 29 poems from the Gita Govinda in this exquisitely designed, limited edition book.  Ken Botnick’s emdash Press who designed and printed the book is responsible for the aesthetics – 20 colours representing Krishna’s blueness, hand-set text printed in Sanskrit and English, and images derived from photos taken of India. The book is not readily available ( I’ve only read about it) but can be found in major libraries around the world.  See Ken Botnick’s site for more details:


Botnick also produced Kavya – a translation into English of Octavio Paz’s translation of selected Sanskrit verses.  Octavio Paz was of course the Mexican ambassador to India and a Nobel prize winner.  His article on Indian design http://web.mac.com/udaydandavate/iWeb/Site/Home.html
doesn’t admittedly have much to do with Sanskrit literature, but it’s an interesting diversion for anyone who’s ever been to India and enjoyed auto rickshaw art and the uniquely Indian attitude to recycling.




2 Responses to “Kamini – A Cycle of Poems from Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda”

  1. 1 Sachu Thomas October 6, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I would like to buy this edition of Andrew Schelling’s translations from Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda. But it’s not to be seen at amazon. Please help.

    Sachu Thomas
    S. India.

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